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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

46                                        FLORA   INDICT
wards identifying the plants figured by Rumphius, and by so
doing has done good service to the antiquarian brunch of
botany.
The collections of Paul Hermann, a medical man in Cey-
lon, have been rendered classical from having constituted the
materials for the "Thesaurus Xeylanieus' of the elder Bur-
mann, published in Holland, and afterwards of the 'Flora
Zeylanica* of Linweus. These collections form part of the
very valuable herbarium at the British Museum, and are of
great service in the determination of many of the doubtful
species of Liniucus.
The * Flora Cochincliincnsis' of Lonreiro, though it re-
lates to a country beyond our limits, contains so many forms
identical with -those of Ava and Malaya, that w shall have
frequent occasion to refer to it. Kaihcr Loureiro, a native
of Portugal, resided for thirty-six years in the kingdom of
Cochin-China, -whither he proceeded aw a missionary, but
finding that Europeans were not permitted to reside there
without good cause, entered the service of the Kin$, as chief
mathematician and nattiralist^. Though he had no acquaint-
ance with the science of botany, the diilioulty of prtxturing
European medicines induced him to direct his attention to na-
tive drugs; and with a zeal of which we have unfortunately
too few instances, he prosecuted his lx>tunioal Htudies, and so
successfully, notwithstanding his want of early education, a*
to produce a work of standard value. The * Flora Cochin-
ehineusia' was published at Lislxm, in two volumes quurto,
in 1790; and a second edition, edited by Willdenow, with it
few notes, appeared in octavo, at Berlin, in 171K1 AH WOK to
be expected, in a work devoted to the lx>tany of a previously
unexplored tropical region, the * Flora CoehindhineiwiH* con-
taiuccl a great amount of novelty; but the absence of plutw,
and a defective terminology, cwiHcd by a want of familiarity
with the labours of other totanfcta, milder the dtwri
* Ho (.yk-a himself, iu hi** uwii juwrotiv^ wwtniN frwl hniwtu-in t